Safety with Motorcycles on the Road

As we all know motorcycles are smaller and harder to spot on the road. They have the ability to weave in and out of traffic easily. Due to their size drivers often times mistake how fast or far the drivers might be from them. Motorcycles lack certain safety devices that trucks and cars have such as, seat belts and airbags. This can explain why in most collisions the motorcycle is most at risk. Below are tips for drivers so they can confidently and responsibly around motorcycles.

Follow the four second rule--When driving behind a motorcycle allow a four second cushion. This gives you time to react to the unexpected. For commercial vehicles drivers should allow 5 seconds.

Respect mother nature--Harsh weather conditions can make for a dangerous drive for anyone but it is more hazardous for motorcycles. Give motorcycles some extra space on the road.

Look before you turn--Many fatal motorcycle accidents are a result of a car trying to turn left while a motorcycle was going straight. If you see a motorcycle at an intersection try to make eye contact with the driver before turning in their direction. Many motorcycles do not have self-cancelling turn signals like cars or trucks, so it is possible that a biker might have their turn signal on because they have forgot to turn it off. If you have to pass a motorcycle with a lingering turn signal proceed with caution.

Check blind spots often--Motorcycles are smaller than cars and trucks as we all know so it is much easier for them to slip into a blind spot while driving. This is greater when they are trying to pass you. Check your surroundings/blind spots regularly and especially before switching lanes.

Allow a motorcycle a full lane width--Although it may seem that there is enough room in the traffic lane for a motor vehicle and a motorcycle, the motorcycle still needs room to maneuver safely. DO NOT SHARE THE LANE!

Signal--Always signal before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows motorcyclists to anticipate traffic flow and find a safe lane position.